May 29, 2023



Chaouki T. Abdallah started his college education at the Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Beyrouth - Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, but finished his undergraduate studies at Youngstown State University, with a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering in 1981. He then obtained his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from GA Tech in 1982, and 1988 respectively. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of New Mexico where he is currently professor and was the chair between 2005 and June 30, 2011. Since July 1, 2011, Professor Abdallah is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UNM. As of January 2017, he is serving as UNM acting president.

Professor Abdallah conducts research and teaches courses in the general area of systems theory with focus on control and communications systems. His research has been funded by national funding agencies, national laboratories, and by various companies. He has also been active in designing and implementing various international graduate programs with Latin American and European countries. He was a co-founder in 1990 of the ISTEC consortium, which currently includes more than 150 universities in the US, Spain, and Latin America. He has published 8 books, and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers. His PhD students hold academic positions in the USA and in Europe, and senior technical positions in various US National Laboratories. His complete resume may be found HERE.

As provost, he has assembled a team (one senior vice provost and three associate provosts) to improve student success focusing on underprepared and underrepresented students. Within 4 years, under his leadership, UNM has increased the first-year retention rates by 6%, the four-year graduation rate by 6%, and the six-year graduation rate by 4%. The team has also designed and implemented degree-plan software that allows current and potential students to investigate and track their coursework progress. He also shepherded the design and implementation of an Honors college that has since increased the number of high-achieving students attending UNM by more than 20%. The student success team also led a collaborative effort with the faculty senate and academic units’ participation to reduce the minimum required credit hours for Bachelors degrees from 128 to 120 effective in Fall 2014. During his tenure as provost, he has also increased the ranks of Tenure Track faculty by around 10%, and led an equity salary adjustment program that addressed around 1/3 of the UNM faculty. For more information about the provost activities and initiatives, please see UNM Academic Affairs site.

Professor Abdallah is a senior member of IEEE and a recipient of the IEEE Millennium medal. He is also active in the IEEE Control Systems Society most recently serving as the general chair of the 2008 Conference of Decision and Control CDC 2008.

Chaouki T. Abdallah
Acting President
Provost & EVP for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Physical Location: Scholes Hall Room 240

MSC01 1100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Tel: 505-277-2611
Fax: 505-277-8700
E-mail: chaouki (at) unm (dot) edu


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